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Less-lethal weapons

Ransom Riggs

My hope for the future, as far as military technology goes, is that as our science gets better, our weapons will become ever more efficient -- and less lethal.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting bits of information "turn-up." Today I typed in "the his

Some Food Origins

Miss Cellania

You may have heard that pizza is an American invention, ice cream is Italian, and The Earl of Sandwich invented the sandwich. Not so!

October 9, 2007

Miss Cellania

Newly discovered dinosaur "looked kind of like a gigantic plucked turkey." It's a relative of T.

Time is on his side, and on his sweatband: Q&A with Jonathan Stephens of TIMEBANDITS Watches


Jonathan Stephens, designer and CEO of TIMEBANDITS Watches, talks about his art, his cosmology, and his X-Files days. Last week all my posts were about bandits.

Book Report, part II: The Dead Guy Interviews with Michael Stusser

Mangesh Hattikudur

From Michael Stusser's terrific new book The Dead Guy Interviews (available here).

The Book Report: Meet Michael Stusser!

Mangesh Hattikudur

Allow me to introduce myself: I'm Michael Stusser, a columnist for mental_floss magazine, ParentMap, and author of The Dead Guy Interviews, Conversations with 45 of the Most Accomplished, Notorio

Groceteria: Supermarket History

Chris Higgins

Growing up in Florida, we had a handful of local supermarkets: Publix and Winn-Dixie were big in my town, and I always wondered who shopped at the Piggly Wiggly a few miles to the south.

Decline of the repairman

Ransom Riggs

The Maytag man isn't the only repairperson with nothing to do these days -- in fact, it seems like repairmen in general are a dying breed.

Four (former) Interns and the Employers Who Won't Rehire Them

Jason Plautz

My days as a mental_floss intern are over.

The First Time News Was Fit To Print, Volume X

Jason English

Every Monday, mental_floss looks back at the first time The New York Times covered selected topics "“ selected by me, with help from our readers. Got an idea for next time?

October 8, 2007

Miss Cellania

Jason Lewis has completed a round-the-world trip, traveling by his own muscle power only.

We (Finally) Have A Winner

Jason English

The 509th time is the charm. Last night, after a few hints, Kitty correctly guessed Quebec City. We'll be shipping her our "Idioms are for the birds" t-shirt. Thanks for playing.

Everyman's guide to the orchestra - episode no. 1: the violin

David K. Israel

In one of my early On Music posts, we explored the string section of the orchestra by listening to an excerpt from Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.

Weekend Genius Challenge: Win a T-shirt at 'State' College

Are you ready to use your genius to win a T-shirt? See how well you perform at our 'State' College brain game. Below are five numbered entries.